John Richard Starks was born August 20, 1934 to Joseph and Bessie Starks in Malvern, Ohio.
He is preceded in death by his brother, James Paul.
He graduated from Miller High School and worked as a tire builder for B.F. Goodrich for over 30 years. He later became owner/operator of Starks Furniture and Appliance Moving Service.
He was a lover of music, gardening, farming, beekeeping and working with his gifted hands in many and various interests. He was truly eclectic.
He leaves behind his beloved wife, Charlene and children, siblings, Charles Starks, Beulah Thomas and Maudeline Woods, Rhonda Anderson, Earl Elliott and Donald Starks; and stepchildren, Janlyn Anthony, Joetta (Jocelyn) Gilyard, Ike Gilyard and Anoine Santee; great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.